Sunday, 16 September 2012

TOPSHOP Unique Live

I just watched the live stream of the Topshop Unique show on their website, and I loved it! That's not to say it was my favourite collection that they've done, because it wasn't, but I loved the actual experience of watching it. 

At the risk of sounding far too old and boring, it was really beautiful to see so clearly how our experience of fashion has been affected by modern technology and social media. While you watched the live stream in the centre, you could also buy what you were seeing on the runway, buy the make up that had been used, take pictures from the show and publish them straight to Facebook, and directly download the soundtrack from iTunes. All from the same page. Call me old-fashioned, but I thought that was pretty incredible. 

As for the actual show, I loved the atmosphere, with the spaceship-esque runway and the eerie music, but I couldn't help feeling that the clothes weren't that exciting in comparison to previous years. I know they were going for simple and minimalistic, but I think it came off a tiny bit boring. Having said that, I did love the manly, oversized jackets and trousers, and the muted colour scheme with bright yellow every now and then was amazing. My absolute favourite look was the black and white chiffon-y dress with the yellow jacket (third picture down).  

Anyway, I hope you're all enjoying LFW, and I'll probably end up posting again soon, since there are so many shows I'm looking forward to! 

P.s. I'm sorry about the fairly awful picture quality, but I "shot" them myself, according to the Topshop website, so I felt obligated to use them. 

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Inspiration Friday: Je ne sais quoi.

I thought it was high time I brought back "Inspiration Friday", because it has been far too long, and hey, I'm feeling inspired. 
With my new hair (which is even shorter now), everyone keeps telling me that I look French. I take this as a big compliment; everyone wants to look French. When I say "French", I mean the good kind of French. I have been to rural France enough times to know that not everyone wears sleek black roll necks and block heeled ankle boots, and has the skin of a baby angel. But you know what I mean. 

And now that I think about it, I have been wearing an awful lot of stripy t shirts lately... 

So here is an homage to my hair, to stripy t shirts, and to what I think will be a lifelong dream of turning into Marion Cotillard or Audrey Tatou overnight. 

Sources;, A.P.C., the Chanel apartment in Paris, Audrey Tatou in Coco Avant Chanel, Parisian street style from The Sartorialist.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Summer School at CSM: A Photo Diary

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, I did a course at Central St Martin's again this summer, and it was incredible! Although I enjoyed my first one the year before, it was a pattern making course and was very technical. It was brilliant in its own way, and I loved learning those skills, but it didn't allow for a lot of creativity.

This year, I took part in their Street Style course. I had SO much fun, loved the work and met some amazing people. I got to experience the whole design process, from research to making, and it really rekindled my motivation for getting into a great art school.

Day One: Brainstorming and collaging to come up with ideas on the theme "Signs and symbols"

Day Two: Research trip to Brick Lane

Day Three: Fashion illustration class (my own drawings)

Days Four and Five: Design, making and presenting finished product. 

Friday, 7 September 2012

Fashion's Night Out!

 Hi everyone!

I've finally sorted out the camera issues I've been having, so I can actually put photos onto my computer now, and all in time for FNO!

I love Fashion's Night Out; I think it's such a brilliant idea, and having gone every year since it started, I think that each time the atmosphere just gets better and better. Highlights this year included...

  • Seeing BB from Dirty Sexy Things for the second year in a row, that man looks like a statue, I'm not even sure he's real. 
  • The pink grapefruit cocktails at Vivienne Westwood.
  • Talking to the sales assistant at DKNY. The people they employ are always the friendliest people in the entire world. 
  • The swing dance show outside Hermes. 
  • Bumping into an actor my auntie knew serving champagne at Dior (she's a casting director).
  • Getting 20% off the most incredible new coat on the planet at Cos.
  • Having Alexandra Shulman walk right by me!!!

Here are a few photos I took in between all of the champagne drinking and shopping...

Bond Street at sunset

The DJ at Vivienne Westwood 

A gorgeous woman (who I didn't get the name of!) who looked so fabulous in the Vivienne Westwood suit and top she was trying on

The Hermes swing dance show, which turned into a street party

Darkwah Kyei-Darkwah, of Staple For The Cool Kids, wearing his own designs. He was absolutely lovely, go check out their website!

An accordion player on the corner performing the French national anthem (?)

The crowd at DKNY waiting to pounce on the champagne servers

And finally, me at DKNY!
Boots, Deena & Ozzy; Shorts, Zara; Silk Top, The Kooples

Monday, 30 July 2012

A Royal Romp

Romper, Silence & Noise;  Boots, Deena & Ozzy;  Necklace, Accessorize. 


I know it's been a long, long time, but since it's FINALLY the summer holidays for me, so hopefully my posts can now become a little less sporadic.

I thought I'd start off with something that has been requested a lot, both here and on tumblr - an outfit post! I got both the romper and the boots in the Urban Outfitters sale; I went in intended to spend no money at all, an idea which, I can now see, was a bit optimistic. All of you UK people should go and check it out though, everything that has been marked down in the sale is also buy one get one free!!

Other than that, a few little updates on my life and upcoming posts;

  • I do indeed have new hair AGAIN. I am finally a human girl once more, instead of an alien mermaid. 
  • This week I am attending the Central St Martin's fashion summer school (I went last summer as well), and I'm absolutely loving it again! So there will be some posts about that over the next few days.
  • Since I last posted, I've been on an incredible trip to Lisbon, so I'll be posting all about that too in the near future. 
I have a few ideas for some other posts, but if you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know via comment, email or tumblr!


Wednesday, 11 April 2012


Dress, Mink Pink. 

Hello everyone!

Sorry, again, for another ridiculous absence. But when I was stopped today on Oxford Street by a street style person who asked for my blog, I thought I'd better actually post. And it's lovely to be back.

I think I promised a little while ago to do some more outfit posts, so I'm trying to keep my word. My real problem is that I have no tripod or decent camera, and it feels a bit egocentric to ask someone to take photos of me, so I have to make do with my macbook webcam. So I apologise for the terrible quality! I'm sure my furniture would be grateful if I curbed my shopping habit for a while and invested in a proper camera (the doors of my wardrobe quite literally will not shut, and I've just had to buy a second chest of drawers), but I can't see that happening in the near future...

Anyway, this is my beautiful Mink Pink Marrakech dress, which I received this week courtesy of the Easter Bunny, and which, I think, is far superior to chocolate. The print is beautiful close up, it has bits of lilac and baby blue which you can't see above. Also, although is looks warm and is long sleeved, it's actually thin and floaty, meaning that it's definitely wearable in spring and summer. And honestly, spring in England is pretty much everyone else's winter anyway.

P.s. Yes, I've changed my hair colour again. I think my attention span is shrinking when it comes to my hair, but I've earned myself lots of disapproving stares from old ladies, which is always fun. 

Monday, 6 February 2012

Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!

Me photographed by Lily Sansford

These were taken a little while ago, in the Putney Heath woods by one of my best friends, Lily Sansford, for her photography project. It was very cold but, despite the strange looks I was given by people walking their dogs upon spotting me up a tree in a leotard, it was tons of fun and I was paid with a cup of tea. I think she's a stunning photographer, so enjoy.